Annual Grant Panel Reviews Begin March 26

By Hal Partlow, Associate Director of Grants –

As part of the annual grant review process each year, advisory panels are held so that citizens from across Tennessee can provide expert guidance in evaluating grant applications. They help enable the Tennessee Arts Commission to make informed decisions in awarding grants and technical assistance recommendations to applicants. Advisory panels may represent a specific artistic discipline or grant program. Panel composition ideally represents cultural and geographic diversity and multiple professional perspectives.

Panel meetings are open to the public. Click here for directions and parking. 

While not mandatory, it is strongly recommended for a representative of the organization to be present at the time of review to respond to panelist questions. A call-in option is available to representatives who cannot attend in person. Panelists are asked to assign ratings for each evaluation criteria. They may discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the application and give constructive comments. Apart from running the panel meeting and keeping the discussions consistent with review criteria, Commission staff members do not take an active role in the review process and do not score applications. Staff will calculate the average score for each application, and prepare a list of all applications ranked from the highest to lowest score.

Funding recommendations are based on the final ratings and rankings of all applications and the availability of funds. This is a competitive process, and all funding recommendations are presented to the Commission board members for final approval.

The fiscal year 2020 advisory panel review meeting dates are listed below. Note that all times are CENTRAL TIME. A detailed schedule will be sent to all applicants.

Advisory Panel Name(and/or Grant Category) Day and Date Time Panel Begins

Panels will begin at the time listed. A detailed schedule will be sent to all applicants

Arts Education Teacher Training (AE-TT) Tuesday, March 26, 2019 10:00 A.M. CST
Literary (APS & PS) Wednesday, March 27, 2019 10:00 A.M. CST
Dance (APS & PS) Thursday, March 28, 2019 10:00 A.M. CST
Community Arts (APS & PS) Monday, April 1, 2019 10:00 A.M. CST
Major Cultural Institution (MCI) Tuesday, April 2, 2019 By appointment
Major Cultural Institution (MCI) Wednesday, April 3, 2019 By appointment
Major Cultural Institution (MCI) & Cultural Education Partnership (CEP) Thursday, April 4, 2019 By appointment
Arts Education Community Learning (AE-CL) Monday, April 8, 2019 9:30 A.M. CST
Inter-Arts (APS & PS) Tuesday, April 9, 2019 10:00 A.M. CST
Theater (APS & PS) Wednesday, April 10, 2019 10:00 A.M. CST
Rural Arts Project Support I  for arts organizations (RAPS I) Thursday, April 11, 2019 10:00 A.M. CST
Rural Arts Project Support II for non-arts organizations (RAPS II) Friday, April 12, 2019 10:00 A.M. CST
Funds for At Risk Youth (FAY) Monday, April 15, 2019 9:30 A.M. CST
Music (APS & PS) Tuesday, April 16. 2019 10:00 A.M. CST
Visual Arts, Craft, Media and Design (APS & PS) Wednesday, April 17, 2019 10:00 A.M. CST
Folklife (APS & PS) Thursday, April 18, 2019 10:00 A.M. CST
Arts Access (AA) Wednesday, April 24, 2019 9:00 A.M. CST
Creative Placemaking (CP) Thursday, April 25, 2019 10:00 A.M. CST